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Never Give Up That Ship!

August 6, 2009

“Forget the Renaissance, the Enlightenment and the Industrial Revolution—

ours is the golden age of innovation…”

Below is a excerpt from a superb blog post by Gary Hamel which recently ran in the Wall Street Journal. It is thoughtful and upbeat, it’s just what we need to remind ourselves and the bean counters of during these stressful and turbulent times. It’s important to remember how far we have come and how high we have flown on the wings of innovation. Keep on flapping! Or as Churchill said. “If you are going through hell, keep going.”

Innovators, Take Heart

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  • JUNE 12, 2009, 11:15 AM ET

Innovators, Take Heart

By Gary Hamel

“When you’re crawling through the long dark tunnel of a recession, it’s hard to be optimistic—even if you believe that the world is filled with more promise than peril. And if you’re a champion of innovation, I imagine the challenge is even greater. If you’re a corporate VP, you’ve probably had a pet project gutted by some recently emboldened bean counter. If you’re a struggling entrepreneur, you’ve already laid off half your staff and cut expenses to the bone, and there’s no new cash in sight. And if you’re a consultant who helps other folks to invent new stuff, you’re probably just one “spending freeze” conversation away from posting yourself at busy intersection with a hand-lettered sign: “Will innovate for food.”

“Today, humanity’s most pressing problems aren’t merely technological; they’re social, cultural, political—and transnational. That’s why, like Edison, we must reinvent innovation. What’s needed are new meta-innovations (like idea markets, crowd-sourcing and folksonomies) that will facilitate innovation across disciplines, borders, institutions and ideologies. This is the only way we’ll solve the make-or-break challenges now facing our species. Our future, no less than our past, depends on innovation.”

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I highly recommend reading the whole article by Hamel, it’s brilliant with light and warmth. Mr. Hamel will be giving the keynote address next week at The Spigit Innovation Summit, August 13-14, 2009, at the beautiful Four Seasons Aviara Resort,  in Carlsbad, CA.

Innovation Summit

The Spigit Innovation Summit, August 13-14, 2009

“The keynote will be by Gary Hamel, renowed author, speaker and business thought leader. The Wall Street Journal recently ranked Gary Hamel as the world’s most influential business thinker, and Fortune magazine has called him “the world’s leading expert on business strategy.” For the last three years, Hamel has also topped Executive Excellence magazine’s annual ranking of the most sought after management speakers.”

Need more inspiration for tough times Bucky? Here’s the The Old Philosopher’s

“Never Give Up That Ship”

Feeling better Cousin?  BTW, we in the Willamette Valley are heeding Hamel’s advice. “What’s needed are new meta-innovations (like idea markets, crowd-sourcing and folksonomies) that will facilitate innovation across disciplines, borders, institutions and ideologies.”

We have created “Willamette Innovator’s Night 2009” and a social media web site to bring together the Valley’s brightest and most innovative people to network and collaborate, on November 5 at OSU.  It is the evolution of the event formerly known as High Tech After Hours. It is now WIN 2009 the premier venue for exhibiting, sharing, and creating innovation in the Willamette Valley.

I’ll be discussing this meta-innovative event extensively, so you’ll know what’s going on and can plug-in.

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